The 7 best things to watch on TV this week
From the winner of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival to Stanley Tucci's new series about the legal fallout of sunken gold, we've got a stonking good line-up of shiny TV to watch this week.
PICK OF THE WEEK: A Hero, Amazon Prime, 21 Jan
Having won the Grand Prix at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival and then been offered up as the Iranian entry for Best International Feature Film, A Hero is definitely one to catch. On two-day leave from debtors’ prison, our main character and his girlfriend discover a handbag full of gold and decide to try to reunite it with its owner. Quickly labelled as heroes for doing the right thing, their situation grows more complicated.
La Fortuna, AMC (watch on BT TV), 17 Jan
The always-charming Stanley Tucci stars in this six-part, American-Spanish series based on the real-life legal battle over stolen gold from a Spanish frigate that was sunk in 1804 by the British navy, and salvaged by an American company in 2007. It’s a compelling mishmash of Indiana-Jones-esque treasure discovery, courtroom drama, and romantic entanglements.
Keeping Up With The Aristocrats, ITV, 17 Jan
Ever wondered what it’s like to be literal landed gentry in the 21st century? This new curiosity-spiking reality TV show follows the likes of the Romanoffs, Norfolks, and Mountbattens as they struggle (poor dears!) with inheriting massively expensive stately homes. Asset-rich but cash-poor, it’s not all the glitz, glamour, and seven butlers we like to imagine.
Winterwatch, BBC2, 18 Jan
Settle into the comforting charm and predictability of Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan as they explore the wintery wildlife of our fair British Isles. Arctic chars, polecats, and long-eared owls are all set to star.
Servant, Apple TV, 21 Jan
Produced by M Night Shyamalan and starring Rupert Grint (hi, Ron!), this psychological thriller is back for a third series. In its vaguest summary, the story follows a wealthy couple living in a luxe but gothic Manhattan townhouse who hire a nanny — but trust us, it’s much more complex and creepy than that. Series 3 picks up after the cryptic season 2 finale, with all the unsettling but visually beautiful scenes we’ve come to expect.
Munich – The Edge of War, Netflix, 21 Jan
A glossy, enticing revisionist WW2 spy film that generously paints Neville Chamberlain (played brilliantly by Jeremy Irons) as heroic and not at all duped by Hitler. George MacKay, that staple of the modern war period drama, plays a minor British functionary whose old university best friend is now a minor German functionary-turned-Hitler-sceptic. Together, the two must smuggle out a secret document that will prove Hitler’s plans for conquest, and allow Chamberlain’s master plan to come into action. Engaging, undercover-spy stuff.
Trigger Point, ITV, 23 Jan
Suffering from Line of Duty withdrawal? Have a show that takes all the same elements and rejigs them into something new. Vicky McClure stars in this Jed-Mercurio-produced new ITV thriller about bomb disposal operatives. Paired with her old army comrade Adrian Lester (Life, Hustle), the duo soon face tests when a terrorist group threatens London. Ah, Sunday-night viewing done right.